Gardening Q and A

Dogwood – Not Blooming

Q: I purchased a small dogwood during the Dogwood Festival five years ago. The tree is quite healthy and has tripled in size. But it has never bloomed, not even put out a single bud. A: “Making” a plant bloom...

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Organic Garden – Finding Plants and Seeds

Q: I am planting my first organic garden. I am having trouble finding organic or non- GMO plants and seeds. A: Farmer D Organics (farmerd.com) sells organically grown plants as does The Wylde Center(wyldecenter.org) in Decatur. Many of the small...

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Weeds – Why Get Rid Of Them?

Q:After many years of battling weeds it occurred to me that we should ask why are we doing this. Spending all this money, time, and poison to kill plants because they look different than grass is crazy! Getting rid of...

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Bermuda Sod – Applying Weedkiller

Q: My bermuda sod was put down in late December. The grass has not started to green up but several different weed have appeared. Is there a waiting period before herbicide can be applied? A: New grass is very sensitive...

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Bermuda – Replaced By Moss

Q: Moss is overtaking my bermuda lawn. What are quick ways to get rid of it so that it doesn’t choke our the bermuda? A: Moss doesn’t choke out grass, it just grows where grass can’t thrive. You probably have...

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Blueberry – Proper Soil Preparation

Q: How should I prepare my soil for blueberry plants. It is sandy not clay. A: The key is to make the blueberry location completely hospitable. For each plant, thoroughly till a cubic foot of Canadian peat moss into an...

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American Holly – Losing Leaves

Q: A few weekends ago I hiked five miles to the Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls. Along the trail I noticed lots of American holly trees were losing their leaves. A: Despite being thought of as evergreen, American...

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Bees – Harldy Moving

Q: In late September I noticed there were lots of large black bees hanging on my lantana. I thought they were dead. Nope! They are alive, but when I nudge them they barely move. A: They’re sleeping! Bees of all...

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Grassology – Growing In Georgia

Q: How does the new Grassology grass grow here? It’s sold on TV and at Bed Bath and Beyond. A: Despite the glossy ads, I have no confidence in this grass blend. After spending thirty minutes trying to find the...

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Italian Cypress – Rust Spots

Q: My Italian cypress has rust spots and I assume that is some sort of fungus. What do you recommend? A: In my experience Italian cypress is relatively short-lived in the South. It grows wonderfully fast for a few years,...

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Butterflys – Plants and Identification

Q: I’ve already seen my first butterfly. How can I identify it? A: Butterflies are exciting to see in a garden. They help pollinate plants but they are beautiful in their own right. I have a list of butterfly plants...

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Zoysia – Proper Scalping

Q: When is the best time to scalp zoysia lawn after winter? A: You can hasten the greenup of bermuda and zoysia lawns by removing the dead leaves after vigorous growth has begun. When your lawn is at least 50%...

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Ambrosia Beetle – Spraying Your Crapemyrtle

Q: What is the best systemic insecticide for ambrosia beetle control on crepe myrtles? I was using Isotox but my bottle is all gone. A: Systemic insecticide will not kill ambrosia beetles. The female beetle bores through the bark and...

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Crapemyrtle – Proper Trimming

Q: We bought a ‘Biloxi’ crapemyrtle last fall. It has four stems and is seventeen feet tall. How should it be trimmed? A: ‘Biloxi’ crapemyrtle has pretty lavender flowers and the exfoliating bark is beautiful in winter. It’s one of...

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Potatoes – Covering Stems

Q: I’m growing potatoes in a wire cylinder that I gradually fill with layers of compost and shredded leaves. As the shoots appear above the mix, should I completely cover them with another layer or should I let them grow...

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Moss – Removing Weeds

Q: Could you please tell me how to kill weeds in a moss bed? A: Pulling them individually is the only option. I spoke to a gardener recently who tried spraying glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on weeds in his moss bed....

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Gladiolas – Fewer and Fewer

Q: Do you know reasons why my gladiolas would come up fewer and fewer each year? I was expecting them to multiply! A: In my observation, it’s usually it’s because there’s too much competition from new bulblets (technically they are...

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Dutch Clover – When Should You Sow

Q: When is the best time to sow white Dutch clover? I want to grow it as a living mulch in the permanent areas of my garden. A: The best time is in September but you might get acceptable results...

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